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How Democrats got to ‘yes' on Trump's new trade deal

Posted On: Dec 10, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

How Democrats got to ‘yes' on Trump's new trade deal

Nancy Pelosi sat Mexico's top trade negotiator and foreign minister down in her office and gave the two men an ultimatum. It was late September, and Democrats feared Mexico was not going to implement labor protections mandated by the new North American trade agreement. So Pelosi convened a small, private meeting, looked Mexican Undersecretary for North America Jesús Seade and Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in the eye, and said: “You have got to do this.” They backed down. On Tuesday, top trade officials from the U.S., Mexico and Canada finalized a sweeping agreement to update the old NAFTA trade deal in an unusual alliance that won the backing of the powerful AFL-CIO labor federation, President Donald Trump and House Democrats. The pact appears to have widespread support in the House and Senate, giving Trump a major domestic policy victory and moderate Democrats something to sell back home as Washington is consumed by impeachment. The deal didn't come easy - and it was on the brink of death multiple times...

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